Poll: Do You Have a Folder on Your iPad or iPhone for Useless But Unremovable Apple Apps? What is it Called?

If you own an iDevice then you've probably noticed that Apple has been stuffing its mobile devices with more and more bloatware: apps which you don't need and cannot remove.

I've certainly noticed the problem on my new iPad; in fact, I have a screen-full of apps which I mostly don't use:

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To be fair, I do use four of the 5 apps on the bottom bar, but I don't use the rest of the apps very much. And in the case of the Apple Watch, Newsstand, Maps, Contacts, Calendar, Photos, and Clock apps, I don't use them ever.

Luckily there is a solution. Earlier this evening a tweet came down my timeline with a fix which is both simple and completely effective at reducing the clutter:

iDevices have supported folders since iOS 4.2, but I'm embarrassed to say that I never thought of using them this way. (In my defense, my previous iPad didn't have nearly as much bloatware.)

So tell me, do you have a folder set aside for Apple's bloatware?

If you're going to create a folder right now, click yes. And if you're not sure how to make a folder, you can find instructions on about.com.

And do leave a comment with the name you put on the folder; my folder is named "Useless", but I'm looking to give it a different name. Perhaps I will call it "Tim Cook's Ego", or some such.

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24 Comments on Poll: Do You Have a Folder on Your iPad or iPhone for Useless But Unremovable Apple Apps? What is it Called?

  1. I have mine labeled “Extensions”. I keep apps that I use for widgets, extensions, and third-party replacements for Calendar/Reminders/etc, at the front and everything else at the very end. That way it doesn’t look like I just stuffed the extra stuff in there.

  2. I call mine “Crapple”, keep it tucked away in a corner of the third screen where I rarely see it.

  3. I’m with Peter. I call mine Crapple. I suppose it isn’t totally useless because I do chuckle at my own cleverness every time I see that folder.

  4. Yep; I just call my folder “Unused”; not as clever as “Crapple.” Wanting to get this annoying junk off my screen (or at least the closest permitted thing to off my screen) was my first motivation for learning how to create folders on my iPhone.

  5. Not just apple but all the others as well, for BlackBerry its shit berries, for android is hemroids

  6. Just a folder titled Utilities. A simple solution to an annoying problem.

  7. I call it ‘AppCrap’. Surprised when people love iOS and praise it like sheep , still no one opposes Apple’s bullying behaviour.

  8. Quite ironically I’ve had a folder on both my iPads called “Bloatware”. I have one on my Android phone as well.

  9. Yup. The folder is called Junk. Not so original. It sits on a page all by itself so I never have to see it.

  10. “Junque”.

  11. I just file them into various other folders. Music and Podcasts goes into Entertainment, Reminders, Notes, Calculator, and Contacts all into Utilities, etc.

  12. Simply “iCrap”

  13. Like @Vorpal, I have a folder all by itself on and extra page that never gets accessed, right at the end. Unimaginatively, I have called it Miscellaneous.

  14. I’ve been thinking since I posted the previous message, the folder serves no real purpose. I have just taken the apps out of the folder but kept them all on the last page, which, as before, is never accessed. Should I ever wish to change my mind about any of them, there they are.

    • TBH, I’m too lazy to move the icons (or rather, I don’t know an easy to move them). All of Apple’s apps were taking up the first page of my iPad, so being able to hide them was quite nice.

  15. “Can’t Delete” 😀 nothing outrageously clever there but it works

  16. As a frenchie, mine is named “Poubelle”, the glorious name of the inventor of the trash bin, Mr Eugène Poubelle, which nowadays just means garbage can in French.

  17. You do realize you can move things off the bottom bar, right? I swapped out about half those apps for ones i use more often. And you can put more than 5 apps there too.

  18. It is called “Extras”. Fairly useless apps that I can do nothing with. Game Center, Newstand, Stocks, Tips, Health and Videos. I wish I could just Delete them. Oh well.

  19. Mine’s called “useless shit”

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